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Published 30th Jan 2012

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Middlesbrough Museums are looking for volunteers from a variety of theatrical backgrounds to help stage a world premiere marking the end of their Cultural Olympiad project and exhibition in September.

The Ballad of Captain Cook was created by Bafta-nominated playwright Martin Riley and is based in a pub in 18th Century Wapping.

The play tells the story of the tragic death of Captain Cook in Hawaii. Martin, who has also written episodes of Emmerdale, Grange Hill and The Worst Witch, is teaming up with musical director Daniel Bowater and singing coach Kate Lohan to direct this show.

The show will be staged at the Georgian Theatre in Stockton, and is aimed at help young people aged between 18 and 24 to gain experience and develop their skills in the theatrical industry.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum Education Officer Jenny Phillips said: “We need people of all interests and backgrounds to help us to put on this production.

“Whether you’re a musician, actor or stage manager, technician or into marketing and publicity, then we’d love to hear from you.

“It really is an excellent opportunity to work with professionals to develop skills and make new friends along the way.”

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 4, with rehearsals from 10am to 4pm on weekdays from Monday, August 6.

The play will be staged at Stockton’s Georgian Theatre on Thursday, August 30, Friday, August 31, and Saturday, September 1.

How to get involved

For more information, or to register an interest in auditioning, call Jenny Phillips on 01642 358104 or e-mail

Useful links

Download an application form

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

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